Welcome David,MotoskinGraphix said:I am new here so an introduction first. I am David...owner op. of motoskingraphix.
I'm fairly new here also although I have been doing shirts for years
I owned a T-jet table top model for almost a year. I sold it this past March as it was not a fit for my business.We do custom auto graphix, logos and t-shirts (heatpress) on site. We sell through our website and do custom import/truck shows. We probably do 2 to 3 events a month. I am interested in anyone who has used the new T-Jet technology.
Where have you been looking? The price has increased actually. When i got mine the price was "$10,995". I then upgraded to white ink and it was another $2895.00. They shortly after i purchased my machine came out with the T-jet2 which is going for $14,995. So i'm very curious where you have seen the price drop almost in 1/2?I have seen the price of this unit drop in half within a year.
The T-jet is an Epson 2200 printer which has been modified to work to print on T-shirts. I owned their first model which was a "red" machine. The Red model is more "versatile" than what they sell now. The new model called T-jet2 is the same machine as the "RED" machine except the "look" was spiced up, i can print a little larger and has a laser beam that causes the machine to "stop" if the bed is too high.In reality...I think its just an epson printer but would like some feedback from anyone who has purchased the damned thing. If you have any questions about onsite selling, heatpress, airbrush, vinyl graphics...please ask...I will be glad to help in anyway I can.
The Red machine "called a T-jet Standard" can print either 7 ink colors (no white) or if you have the white ink upgrade you will be printing using the same bulk ink system that house the ink but in it will be 4 ink colors and the other 3 recepticles use white ink. I have read recently you can use the Fast T-jet Inks (7 ink colors) in combination with the (Fast T-jet Ink2 version) in the RED machine. But you can't use the "7 ink colors" batch of ink in the T-jet2.
The fast T-jet2 batch of ink is more vibrant.
The new model called the T-jet2 can "ONLY PRINT" the 4 ink colors and white ink. Therefore if you "can't" get the white ink process down so you can print on black and dark shirts you are pretty much wasting a lot of productivity only being able to print on White and Light Shirts. The machine that has "white ink" inside requires special care and several cleanings a day to keep the white ink moving through the lines and prevent it from "clogging" so you need to make sure you do a lot of printing as it can be come wasteful to do 2-3 cleanings a day and not be printing anything.
Here's a good article i found recently that explains about the "white ink" technology which may help you better understand what you are up against.
As i said I sold mine recently. Reading the article I now understand why I had problems and could never get the white ink to work. I don't regret selling my machine. The person that purchased mine is have "great success" with it so what works for 1 person may not work for another.
There's a checklist that may help you with considering these machines. You may find a lot of the questions are things you would never think to consider but when you get all the answers you will have enough information to make a well informed decision on which machine is right for you.
No machine is perfect so you'll have to figure out which machine with it's flaws you are welling to accept.
Hope this helps.